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Sound Recording Performance Complement

One of the many requirements of webcasters is that they don’t exceed the Sound Recording Performance Complement, which is specified in 17 USC 114 (j)(13) .

Here, the law states, “The “sound recording performance complement” is the transmission during any 3-hour period, on a particular channel used by a transmitting entity, of no more than–


3 different selections of sound recordings from any one phonorecord lawfully distributed for public performance or sale in the United States, if no more than 2 such selections are transmitted consecutively; or


4 different selections of sound recordings–


by the same featured recording artist; or


from any set or compilation of phonorecords lawfully distributed together as a unit for public performance or sale in the United States, if no more than three such selections are transmitted consecutively:Provided, That the transmission of selections in excess of the numerical limits provided for in clauses (A) and (B) from multiple phonorecords shall nonetheless qualify as a sound recording performance complement if the programming of the multiple phonorecords was not willfully intended to avoid the numerical limitations prescribed in such clauses.”


March 11, 2007 Posted by | Sound Recording Performance Complement | Leave a comment